GET THE LOOK: THE TUDOR
Easily distinguishable by its decorative half-timbering, the American interpretation of this architectural style – named after and loosely based on the medieval buildings of Tudor England – began gaining popularity during end of the 19th century and has been charming homeowners with its fairy-tale style ever sense.
Inspired by the medieval architecture of Tudor England, this gorgeous home features a steeply pitched roof and an attic dormer to maximize natural light. Landmark cedar-inspired shake was selected for the roof. Available in an impressive array of colors, Landmark shingles are a cost effective alternative to the real thing, offering authentic design with less maintenance and upkeep.
SIDING & TRIM
One of the hallmarks of a Tudor home is the decorative half timbering often seen on the front of the home. These exposed boards are a nod to original 16th century building practices that made use of heavy timbers to support the house. Today these touches are entirely ornamental. To complement the natural materials, home color schemes of brown, buff, cream, and white are often used.
Dark wood cabinetry shines against clean white walls in this elegant kitchen. An oversized island provides ample seating and emphasizes this kitchen’s position as the heart of the home. Make sure this room maintains it appeal over time by taking precautions during the building process to mitigate mold and mildew concerns and preserve air quality.
Full tile bath surrounds, like the one seen here, add a beautiful focus to the bath (and bonus – they’re easy to clean!) but like anything, proper installation is key. The first and most important step to tiling your bath is to start with a clean, stable substrate. Diamondback® GlasRoc® tile backer, used here, offers the added benefit of being water resistant an important consideration in wet environments like a bathroom.
The U.S. Department of Energy reports that 25% of people with two-car garages have so much stuff in there that they can’t park a car. Make sure this space doesn’t go to waste with proper planning. Since these walls tend to get bumped and banged, consider using durable drywall solutions.